Did anyone else think ‘Sharktopus’?
It was the first thing that sprang to my mind, though that might be from the Ambush Predator talking about land sharks. But this place seems to have the world’s weirdest wildlife and most dangerous wildlife so why wouldn’t it have something that was weird and dangerous? Or rather something else that’s weird and dangerous since quite a few of the things living here that delight in human agony fall into both categories. So it’s almost disappointing that this is just a hybrid of two related species and neither all that weird or all that dangerous.
Researchers found 57 of the new sharks along 1200 miles of coastline between New South Wales and Queensland, saying the interbreeding may be a response to climate change or fishing patterns.
Like the two parent species, the common black-tip and the Australian black-tip, the new shark is not considered dangerous – and scientists say there is no risk of the hybrids leading to a Jaws-style “mega-shark”.
But to be honest there’s really not that much to worry about even if massive sharks were the result. We live on land and they live in the sea, so the answer’s pretty straightforward to anyone who’s worrying about it. What would be a real worry would be if someone is working on creating a different kind of hybrid, say CrocoRedback, a venom dripping scaly horrordile with five legs (I’m assuming hybridisation uses a simple average to determine things like number of limbs) that hides in your toilet and nips your hand with a poisonous bite as you lift the seat. And then tears your head off.
Frankly I’d be straight down the beach and take my chances with the sharks.